The story begins by setting up, in the mind of the reader, a mental picture of an old seducer preaching his philosophies through clouds of cigarette smoke. “The Don” says, “Figaro, my friend, a man owes it to himself to stop and consider the three advantages of single life. One, if you’re single, you can think. Two, you can act. Three, you can feel…there is no prison so deadly as a life of unnecessities, which is what marriage is.” In most religions marriage is considered a sacred joining of two people. “The Don’s” philosophy undermines the marriage ideology to the point that it is sinful to the religious community. Even if a person is not active in religion, s/he usually has a set of morals that frown upon the “life of a player.”
“The Don’s” second downfall is his sexual habits. Any person who shares his/her bed with different partners, including the occasional married one, each night of the week, walks with a black cloud over his/her head. At one point in the story “The Don” tells Figaro that “Some men should have two lovers, some three; it depends on the man…I am selfish, Figaro, because I have a larger capacity for pleasure than other people do…this to me is the beauty of the male existence.”
The story takes place in Fargo, North Dakota, which is a conservative down-to-earth city. The actions that... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(1999, 10). Don Giovanni, Critique of the. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 1999, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Don-Giovanni-Critique-Of-The-8993.html
"Don Giovanni, Critique of the" StudyMode.com. 10 1999. 1999. 10 1999 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Don-Giovanni-Critique-Of-The-8993.html>.
- MLA 7
"Don Giovanni, Critique of the." StudyMode.com. StudyMode.com, 10 1999. Web. 10 1999. <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Don-Giovanni-Critique-Of-The-8993.html>.
"Don Giovanni, Critique of the." StudyMode.com. 10, 1999. Accessed 10, 1999. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Don-Giovanni-Critique-Of-The-8993.html.